Blue River Horse Center is presently partnering with Next Step Horse Rescue in Ellicott, Colorado.
From May to October, Next Step selects horses to spend the summer at BRHC's ranch, participating in our educational programs. Our program volunteers work with the horses to increase their likelihood of being adopted. We have many success stories of horses and miniature horses who are now happily living their best lives in wonderful forever homes.
Horse Adoption Testimonials
Seamus, came to us in 2020, shy and slightly skittish, but he blossomed as the season progressed and soon became a volunteer favorite. He loved 'working' in the kids classes, being groomed and being loved upon. In late summer 2020 he was adopted by a lovely Front Range family who wanted a companion for their big horse Honey and a friend for their neuro diverse child. He is now living just outside Boulder with Honey who is the love of his life, and 2 dogs who are a tad bigger than he is. His mom loves all the locals kids coming round to groom him and give him love but sometimes gets just a little annoyed when Shamey tries to get into the house to join in the fun!
Bowie was a big challenge this year, he came to us unhandled and scared of everything, but within a few weeks we could halter him, pick his feet, lead him in training programs and groom him. Everybody loved Bowie for his sassiness and gorgeous looks and he was lucky enough to be adopted by a volunteer who lives close to Fort Collins. He is now living with other horses, goes for regular walks with his humans and is getting more confident every day.
Klaus came to BRHC in 2020 as a 3 year old goofball. He may be part thoroughbred and part mule, but is altogether adorable. Whilst with us he learned how to bear tack and a tiny bit of weight and this year his training has progressed. He still needs to mature before he can be ridden but he is now living near Colorado Springs with a volunteer from Next Step Horse Rescue. UPDATE, Klaus is coming back to us for more training and to spend time with the volunteers who love him.
TJ is a mini bundle of fun and mischief, he came to Blue River Horse Center for ‘summer camp’ from Next Step Horse Rescue to receive training and socialization. He was adopted in late 2021 by a family in Colorado Springs who veteran adopters and already have one Next Step alumni.
Rein, (now Lakota) an 8 year old palomino mare was a veteran of Blue River Horse Center, having come to the Ranch in both 2020 and 2021. She has just been adopted by someone who met her at BRHC and will be she will be living in Summit County.
Rein had a rough past but will now be loved upon, receive gentle training and will live out her life with both human and equine friends.
A happy ending story for Tango, one of our fostered rescue horses who was adopted this summer by one of our volunteers, Kay Gilbert. Cute couple!!
In 2016, the first season at Blue River Horse Center, a 3 year old Friesian mix named Roo was one of the 15 horses to participate in the BRHC educational programs and horse foster care. For me, as a volunteer at the Center, it was love at first sight. Roo, now fondly called Liberty Roo, is a big part of my family’s and my lives.
At 3 months old, Roo was abandoned at the Delta Horse Sale Lot. The buyers took her mother and left the her tied to a post. She was immediately taken to Dreamcatchers Horse Therapy in Olathe, Colorado, run by Kathy Hamm, who lovingly took care of her for three years.
As a result, Liberty Roo is very affectionate and loves people. My life is so much richer because she has come into my life. Our story is a true example of what Blue River Horse Center is all about, bringing people and horses together!
Amy Young, BRHC Volunteer and Board of Directors member